Why is it so hard to succeed in tennis at age 30+?? I recently noticed Kenneth Carlsen at age 31 is one of the only players in the last year or so to actually win an atp title (Agassi in Cincy 2004 was the last). I often wonder why tennis players fall off so quickly in comparison to other elite athletes. Obviously a lot of these guys turn pro at an early age and the grind and travel they go thru is unbelievable. But I still think it's strange how many of these guys cannot compete in their later years. We've seen in a number of other sports....how guys can compete into their late 30s and even early 40s. Michael Jordan played some of his best basketball in his mid-30s. Also guys like Karl Malone and John Stockton were perennial all-stars well into their late 30s. And in football, Jerry Rice is still competing at a fairly high level in his 40s. Just a few years ago he was a big contributor on that Oakland Raider team that made it to the Super Bowl. Now I understand the long tennis season takes a toll on one's body. But the same could be said for the nba season as well with the constant travel and the grind of playing the game of basketball. I didn't mean to go into a tangent discussing the other sports. But it just makes you wonder whether a guy like Pete Sampras could be competing right now for grand slams, had he taken on the training regimen of an Andre Agassi or Karl Malone. Guys like , Courier, Sampras, and Rafter are all in their early 30s. Think about all the potential match-ups we've missed out on. On another sidenote....I really think the atp really needs to shorten the tennis season. Because I think it plays a major part in shortening player's careers.